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Dear Anai and other List Members, > I can see that side of it, yes - the whole "solidarity" angle. At the same > time I think it may have been wiser to have the mix as you say, but possibly > the mix between Iraqis and Americans - as opposed to a clear cut division of > nationalities battling it out. > > Whether it is friendly or competitive, the end result may not be so spirited > when it comes to those who take it too seriously and are hoping for a > specific side to lose. I somehow think anything that puts competition on the > front burner like that is inappropriate. When I spoke to the organisers briefly last week there were no sex or age restrictions on the players. Hopefully, if there are 60 year olds playing with 6 year olds it won't get 'too serious'. > I could see, a rally - a > get-together, a press conference with both sides speaking out - showing a > commitment to solidarity.. but not a game. There > is no reason to test one another, even within friendly terms. It just feels > a bit misguided to me... but then again - I may just be overly pacifist :) I suspect the organisers are using their media savvy. A bare press conference would probably sink without trace in the media pond but a game of football may manage to generate a few ripples of interest ... Best wishes, Gabriel _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk